New to Calgary
Canadian students who move to Calgary during the school year can register directly at their designated school.
If you are arriving in the summer, visit your
school website to see when your school is open for registration during the summer. Most schools are open for registration at the end of August, and modified calendar schools are open mid-August.
Non-Canadian students must register at the CBE Welcome Centre, which is open both during the school year and also through most of the summer to help families who are new to Canada. Please see the Non-Canadian Students section at the bottom of this page for more details.
Along with our regular program, we offer several
program options to suit the unique learning needs, interests and abilities of your child. All of our programs follow the Alberta Program of Studies mandated curriculum. Our regular program is the most popular choice among parents, but our alternative programs continue to grow. Choose the best option for your child.
Parents of new kindergarten registrants must complete a CBE registration form at each alternative program or school in which they are expressing an interest.
Find a School
Every child in Calgary has a designated school based on their home address and the program they choose.
Find your designated school with our
find a school tool along with the school’s contact information and website address.
Registering at a New School
To register for kindergarten at a school currently under construction, please register at the current designated school for your community. Students from your community, who are currently attending their designated regular program school, will automatically be transferred to the new school.
If your designated school is full a
lottery may be held to determine who is able to attend the school. Students who are not successful in the lottery will be designated to a different school.
You can apply to attend any school, even if it is not your designated community school. Each principal determines if their school has capacity to accept out-of-boundary students, usually after enrolment numbers are determined.
For more information,
contact the school you're interested in attending directly. If the school confirms, you can complete the Request to Transfer form (below).
Request to Transfer to Another CBE School
If you would like to transfer from one CBE school to another, please refer to the instructions in the request to transfer form for either:
When you are transitioning from elementary to middle school or middle school to high school, you will be automatically designated to your new school.
Children who are not Canadian citizens must be registered by appointment at the CBE Welcome Centre at (1221 - 8 Street SW), even if they have attended school elsewhere in Canada.
- Landed immigrants (Permanent Residents)
- Children of individuals who are lawfully admitted to Canada for permanent or temporary residence, or non-residents
- International fee-paying students who are approved by the CBE’s
Registration at the Welcome Centre for non-Canadian students is by appointment only. Call 403-817-7789 to make an appointment to register. Interpreters are available to assist at this appointment.
If necessary, an English language assessment will be done to determine your child’s English skills.
For more information see
New to Canada.